Course Title
Certified Pharmacy Technician Program
Course Code
LCN 100-D/E
A. Sheeley/E. Williams

We are proud to announce that this program is now a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program for pharmacy technician students pursuing the PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential.

As of January 1, 2020, all students wishing to become a certified pharmacy technician must complete a PTCB recognized training program or be employed a minimum of 500 hours as a Pharmacy Technician.

The Certified Pharmacy Technician Program prepares students to begin an entry-level career path in a variety of pharmacy environments. Students will utilize many learning platforms from on-line, hands-on lab, simulation, and scheduled externships.

The class will meet one evening a week for the hands-on lab and simulation component of the program. Students will be responsible for reviewing online material before the face to face meeting. Students will learn from trained professionals currently working in the pharmacy profession and complete the clinical component of 60 hours in both retail (30 hours) and hospital (30 hours) pharmacies. Every attempt will be made to place the student in proximity to their home for the clinical component. However, the clinical training area is considered Springfield and all surrounding communities.

Students will need to prepare for the clinical component well in advance, as the industry typically requires day hours and HIGHLY recommends students attend, at a minimum, part-time. Students will need to plan on a minimum of 10 hours per week in the clinical setting. This schedule will allow students to complete clinical within six (6) weeks, which fulfills the deadline for the certification exam. IF a student finds this schedule difficult to complete, a required meeting to discuss other options must be scheduled with the program director and lead instructor no later than one (1) month before the end of lecture and lab to make clinical arrangements. Students must complete the program, including the clinical requirement, and sit for their certification exam within 60 days of the course completion.

Student’s are required to complete the lecture, lab and clinical experience with a passing score before allowed to take the national certification exam. The student receives one attempt at the certification exam included in the tuition.

Prior to externship placement, each student must:

  • Successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Successfully pass a random urine drug screen
  • Successfully pass FBI fingerprinting and background
  • Obtain state licensure and copy provided to AH office
  • Pass lecture portion of program with a minimum of 75%
  • Provide documentation of TB test within the past 12 months from the first day of clinical rotation, MMR/Booster after the age of 18, Flu shot if clinical is during flu season (Oct-May), and Tdap within 10 years.

Tuition includes the following:

  • 2 pairs of embroidered scrubs
  • Embroidered Jacket
  • One attempt at the certification exam
  • Criminal background check (separate from the FBI required fingerprints/background check)
  • Random urine drug screen
  • ID Badge
  • Online Component
  • Clinical Component
  • All required textbooks/workbooks
  • All lab supplies
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lapel Pin

There is no refund to the student unless CWD Allied Health cancels the program. If the student withdrawals prior to the start of the program, a fee of $250 will be charged

Next class is  January 23 – May 23, 2023 on Monday evenings from 5.30 to 8:30pm

This class is eligible for free tuition through the Job Corps Scholars Program. For more information email or call 417-447-6977 / 417-447-6978

This class is eligible for The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. For more information call 417-447-8888 or email to 

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